It’s been an eventful couple of weeks when it comes to Congress’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last week, it appeared the Senate would not be able to pass any bills, or even bring any bills to the floor for a vote. This week, the Senate voted on several health care bills and each one was defeated. Here’s what you need to know:
If this option were passed, the House would have the choice of either voting on it immediately or trying to work with selected Senators to craft another bill, through what’s called a conference committee. A bill resulting from this committee would have to pass in both the House and Senate before being sent to the President for his signature.
Importantly, Medicaid remains at grave risk. This bare-bones bill might simply serve as a vehicle for making radical cuts to the Medicaid program through what’s known as per-capita caps, a proposal included in prior House and Senate ACA repeal bills.
Medicare Rights remains opposed to any of the revealed options for repealing the ACA. All of the proposals would lead to millions of Americans losing health care coverage, with especially harmful effects for older adults and people with disabilities not yet eligible for Medicare.
Use the Washington Post’s tracker to stay up-to-date on the latest action in the Senate.
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